Toddler summer wardrobe essentials

It felt like summer was about to be cancelled, but then all of a sudden we were hit with normality to a certain degree again. The presence of Covid-19 left retailers as confused as us all and it’s evident in the lack of clothing options available for the summer season as I’m sure a lot of retailers held off on new stock and then were inundated… I literally couldn’t  get one single thing in Conor’s size from Next online which is usually my go to for essentials and a trusty online service, they were out of stock on the majority of sizes in summer styles.

After searching online, I ended up buying most things from Zara and Matalan who seemed to be better stocked regarding sizes. Anyone with a small child will know that we are constantly transitioning, not just from season to season, but from size to size so it can be tricky to get exactly what you need all the time never mind in a pandemic…. I’m also convinced there was a baby boom in 2018 because my friends who had babies this year, all have the same issues regarding size availability.

Here are my favourite buys for Conor for the Maltese summer heat.

I’m a boy Mammy but most of these options are great for all children during summer

T-shirt’s – mostly cotton, I buy them in multipacks as much as I can and there are always plenty of lovely styles and colours to mix and match from the stores, I will list at the end. You can’t go wrong with pastels, nautical and retro styles.

Shorts – Bermuda, jersey, and denim are my favourites as you are covered from beach/playground, casual to a bit dressy. I tend to go for neutral colours that can be mixed around with everything

Beach wear – full swimsuits, swim shorts, a good hat a towel poncho, a romper and Jelly shoes will see you through a day at the pool or seaside.

Footwear – sandals (a must) espadrilles (light and airy) and a pair of trainers/sneakers/runners… we all call them different things will see you through any day. Shoe liners are great rather than a full sock and will prevent feet from sweating.

Pajamas – I keep a mix of older T-shirt’s that still fit and some short sets for pjs. I also love a romper but do you think I can get any in his size!?

Night time can be somewhat hard to gage, especially if you sleep with an ac or fan, sometimes you can be chilly and other times you want nothing. I find a T-shirt most nights is what Conor is most comfortable in at the moment.

bottom line in summer clothing for Malta, needs to be light breathable and cool.

Hats – you’ll need a hat for your child, I’m lucky that Conor has one that he loves and won’t go anywhere without! So even if it’s a character or crazy looking hat, as long as they wear it for shade, that’s the main thing.

When it comes to pretty dresses, my friends all say Cotten or linen and recommend the same shops below

Shops I find are best quality and value

Next – for everything, especially multi/packs

Matalan – T-shirt’s are great

Zara – for everything  (read care labels)

Mothercare – a bit of everything

George – multipacks

Kiabi – I find Kiabi hit and miss, personally. Sizing can be on the smaller side and extra care is needed to keep clothes looking well in my opinion but they do have lots of easy to wear styles and everything you need.

Everyone has their favourites for wardrobe essentials but what I’ve learned recently is that taking extra time to wash things according to their labels will save you lots of time in the long run.

I’m finding washing all Conor’s clothes, seperate from ours (like when he was a newborn) and on a 30 degree cycle, then either tumble drying on a delicate setting or air drying, keeps his clothes in much better condition and looking good for much longer. Also treating stains and washing straight away!

This might be common sense to some but for me, I’ve gone from a throw everything in to the machine kind of wash to really watching how I wash his much smaller items and giving them a bit more attention and care.

Kim Kiernan

Makeup Artist & Beauty Columnist

Kim provides professional makeup services in Malta for any occasion, working in all areas of makeup including Bridal, photographic, television, film and special effects as well as teaching makeup lessons one to one and to groups. With over 10 years experience, Kim has worked with the biggest and most sought after brands in the industry, internationally with MAC, Smashbox and Estee Lauder in Dublin and Toronto and most recently, heading the MAC Cosmetics brand in it's launch in Malta.

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